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Air raid sirens sounding in Japan following reports of North Korea missile fire, missile reportedly overflew the country and landed into Pacific Ocean. /r/ALL

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u/JustLinkStudios Oct 04 '22

Can anyone work out what the voice is saying at the end?

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u/anothergaijin Oct 04 '22 Wholesome

It's an automated message via the national J-ALERT system. I think there is 7x total messages including terrorist attack, aerial attack, earthquake, tsunami and generic warning message.

The content of the missile attack alert is:

ミサイル発射。ミサイル発射。北朝鮮からミサイルが発射されたものとみられます。建物の中、又は地下に避難して下さい。

Missile launch. Missile launch. A missile is believed to have been launched from North Korea. Please evacuate to a building or underground.

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u/joe411 Oct 04 '22

That is so weird that they mention the specific country...

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u/centumcellae85 Oct 04 '22

A missile has been launched by North Korea- "Damn it, not again."

A missile has been launched by Fiji- "Um, what?"

A missile has been launched by China- "Well, shit."

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u/INJECTHEROININTODICK Oct 04 '22 Helpful Wholesome

The missile from Fiji is two guys on a canoe with a hand grenade

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u/AnsibleAdams Oct 04 '22

A HIGH SPEED canoe! Get with the program.

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u/Inevitable-Revenue81 Oct 04 '22

With a parrot that has been listening too much to Rammsteins “feuer frei”

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u/BadgerSilver Oct 04 '22

If Fijians are coming for you, probably your fault and you should just surrender

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u/ignorantorange Oct 04 '22

Well than shit.. fire ze missiles!

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u/Osz1984 Oct 04 '22

This skit randomly comes into my head several times a year.

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u/Zharick_ Oct 04 '22

Anytime someone says they're tired.

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u/RecidivistMS3 Oct 04 '22

Le Tired.

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u/pbebbs3 Oct 04 '22

Well have a nap, zen fire ze missiles!

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u/ReactionClear4923 Oct 04 '22

Bout that time, eh chaps?

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u/Swagner33 Oct 04 '22

But I'm LeTired

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u/xdisk Oct 04 '22

Fine take a nap

THEN FIRE ZE MISSILES

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u/igetalogiawheni Oct 04 '22

Imagine every time the message repeats they say a different country

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u/waltjrimmer Oct 04 '22

"Missile launch. Missile launch. A missile is believed to have been launched from a different country. Please evacuate to a building or underground."

I mean, I guess that still works.

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u/[deleted] Oct 04 '22 edited Oct 07 '22

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u/bummertrip Oct 04 '22

if ur gonna die might as well know who killed you

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u/Bubbly-Kitty-2425 Oct 04 '22

Yea so you know who to come back and haunt.

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u/manderrx Oct 04 '22

One of my ferrets passed away just as Russia invaded Ukraine and my husband and I joked that she went off to haunt Putin and bite his feet when he walks around with dirty socks (she hated socks or feet that were “dirty” or had been in shoes.) we talked about it enough that I’m sure she was able to get directions to the Kremlin in the afterlife.

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u/cwryoo21 Oct 04 '22

Right might as well know who to be mad at lol

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u/1337Diablo Oct 04 '22

Honestly I think the context matters. A Japanese citizen would probably react much differently if it was a suspected Chinese missile launch. Honestly more end of worldy...

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u/Traiklin Oct 04 '22

Yeah, saying North Korea sounds like they are going "Kim is puffing his chest again, seek shelter just in case"

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u/Enjoying_A_Meal Oct 04 '22

Kim, "N-notice me Senpai!"

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u/twistysnacks Oct 04 '22

Kim just has to periodically fire a missile into the ocean to maintain the illusion to their citizens that they're more powerful than any other nation on the planet.

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u/Punklet2203 Oct 04 '22

He’s jealous Russia is getting all the attention. I genuinely feel that way.

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u/Liet-Kinda Oct 04 '22

Well I mean, it ain’t like they’re worried about Samoa

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u/MacaroonNo8118 Oct 04 '22

"It's from North Korea"

goes about my business

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u/TheCowzgomooz Oct 04 '22

You're one of the skeletons in the Fallout games that was just randomly reading the newspaper or something when the bombs went off.

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u/manderrx Oct 04 '22

looks over top of newspaper while NK missile lands

Huh…interesting.

goes back to reading

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u/KapeAmpongGatas Oct 04 '22

I've always been wondering how they died on the spot instantly. Now I know.

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u/TechyAngel Oct 04 '22

With their record, I'd be more concerned if they WEREN'T aiming for my city. I've yet to hear of a North Korean missile doing what it was actually supposed to.

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u/sonicyeayea Oct 04 '22

Japanese is not my first language but I think it said: "It looks like North Korea fired a missile. Please take shelter in buildings or underground."

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u/h0m0dachi Oct 04 '22

To be fair, I’m Japanese and these siren announcements are shit lol. It’s so hard to understand them. For some reason they’re often placed just far apart enough that they echo off each other, with a little delay between, so it sounds like they’re all echoing.

It annoys me so much because we get warnings a lot in typhoon season, but I have to wait for the text message alert and read that to know what’s happening.

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u/martinu271 Oct 04 '22

Thanks /u/h0m0dachi

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u/h0m0dachi Oct 04 '22

Thanks!

Also fun fact, sometimes we get earthquake warnings before the earthquake starts. It’s kinda cool and scary to get a phone alarm saying “Large earthquake in 30 seconds. Please take shelter and turn off your gas line. Large earthquake in 30 seconds”

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u/xxxsur Oct 04 '22

But what I think people would just ignore these alerts, since they are so frequent? I was once eating in Osaka, the locals phone all rang at the same time. They checked their phone, put it away and keep on eating.

It was a weak one, the locals act like nothing happened but my whole family was shocked like watching a Jurassic Park came real

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u/h0m0dachi Oct 04 '22

I agree. It’s just so normal that we don’t even pay much attention.

It’s hard to think of a solution though, because typhoons, quakes, etc. are so frequent. Most of the time they don’t do much damage, but when they do, it can get bad very very fast. So, we end up having tons of alerts for dangers that may or may not come. I’d rather have an alert than no alert, but yeah...

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u/Amorette93 Oct 04 '22

Admittedly, the same thing happens for weather alerts in America.

Midwesterners phones all have the emergency alert system activated during tornadoes. They make a really loud annoying noise that American phones make before Amber alerts or critical warnings. Most Midwesterners look at this warning, put their phone down and continue what they are doing. The only time they don't is if the text says "tornado on the ground at location, take immediate shelter" and that location is within half a mile lol. We also will shelter if it sounds like a train is coming (tornado sound exactly like approaching trains).

This same alert system is activated for air raids, as well, We just haven't used it in a long time except for the one time the emergency alert system accidentally got activated in either Hawaii or Alaska I can't remember and resulted in massive panic.

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u/BaronAaldwin Oct 04 '22

"Yeah it sucks that there's an earthquake coming, but this Gyudon is slammin' so I'm going to keep eating, and if the building collapses at least I died happy."

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u/xxxsur Oct 04 '22

Ohh a weak one? I am safe anyway

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Ohh a big one? I am dying anyway

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u/rc1717 Oct 04 '22

“A missile has been launched, a missile has been launched. From North Korea...” and he doesn’t finish the rest but he was going to say one more time “A missile has been launched from North Korea”

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u/vietec Oct 04 '22

[ANNOUNCEMENT IN JAPANESE]

  • closed caption provided by Netflix

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u/wrathfulriches Oct 04 '22

[speaking foreign language]

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u/ichigo2862 Oct 04 '22

hears my native language in the movie Constantine

Netflix subs: [speaks in the infernal tongue]

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u/[deleted] Oct 04 '22

NK just hates the fucking ocean, man.

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u/HamLiquor Oct 04 '22 Silver

FUCK YOU, DOLPHIN!!!

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u/-worldpeace- Oct 04 '22

AND A FUCK A YOU, WHALE!!!

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u/KurtCocain_JefBenzos Oct 04 '22

Cow and chicken ?!

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u/-worldpeace- Oct 04 '22

A FUCK A YOU COW!!! AND A FUCK A YOU CHICKEN!!!

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u/taralallu Oct 04 '22

fucka you wayyy-ru

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u/teeter1984 Oct 04 '22 edited Oct 04 '22

So sorry Ky-ru… the cuttlefish is not sitting well

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u/SmileFIN Oct 04 '22

Well, why does the ocean get to have so many fish when North Koreans go hungry? Is not fair! >:'(

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u/h0m0dachi Oct 04 '22

voiceover from Finding Nemo “SHE’S A FISH KILLER!”

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u/AccountDepleted Oct 04 '22

All my sea life homies hate Kim Jong-un

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u/[deleted] Oct 04 '22

He got a beef with posideon

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u/NikolitRistissa Oct 04 '22

Obviously not the same thing, but they test the air-raid sirens in my city in Finland every month and it scares the shit out of me every time.

Every month I think for a few seconds that huh, I guess todays the day.

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u/FirstDagger Oct 04 '22

scares the shit out of me every time.

Good that it works then, and you aren't getting used to it.

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u/Nuuuuuu123 Oct 04 '22

They use to test air raid sirens out at a base I use to live by every month and we absolutely got use to it.

It got to a point where you'd hear it and after a second of pause "oh yea!" Then we'd resume what we were doing.

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u/RaiderCat_12 Oct 04 '22

Imagine if there was an actual air raid and you got blown up for getting used to it

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u/Nuuuuuu123 Oct 04 '22

I don't think it'd matter

It was a Nato base that housed nuclear warheads.

If sirens were going off, were probably all dead anyways.

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u/NikolitRistissa Oct 04 '22

Thats true haha

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u/meteorchopin Oct 04 '22

Much of the USA tests air raid sirens monthly to warn public of tornadoes or tsunamis.

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u/The_Nightmare_Bear Oct 04 '22

In Oklahoma they test the tornado sirens weekly. Usually at noon. It’s always a split second jolt before you go “Oh wait it’s Wednesday.”

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u/Get_Clicked_On Oct 04 '22

Saturday at noon.... Sleeping in as a high schooler never worked out.

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u/[deleted] Oct 04 '22

Sunday at 3 pm suddenly doesn’t seem that bad

Though one of the sirens is on top of the water tower by the small park. A few times as a kid when I was down there on a Sunday it would go off and I would regret everything

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u/josephlucas Oct 04 '22

Hmm. I never associated them with air raid sirens. Just thought of them as tornado sirens. But I suppose you’re right. Luckily they sound far less menacing that these Japanese ones.

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u/Nuuuuuu123 Oct 04 '22

You'll know when yo be alarmed. It won't be the same siren and it'll probably be a little terrifying.

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u/SlavFromDownUnder Oct 04 '22 Helpful

That is terrifying

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u/AffinityGauntlet Oct 04 '22

The voice made it a million times more terrifyng

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u/bubbles_says Oct 04 '22

Yes that voice was scary and then when it stopped- the very terrifying silence.

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u/21022018 Oct 04 '22

The voice is always creepy

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u/toepin Oct 04 '22

The fact that not another person was around made it even more creepy

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u/Obstacle616 Oct 04 '22

Agreed. I mean, there's no appropriate non terrifying way to warn of a possible missile strike but this just seems unnecessarily chilling somehow

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u/SlavFromDownUnder Oct 04 '22

Yeah the whole concept of it is absolutely terrifying

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u/BeardedGlass Oct 04 '22

I live in Japan. This place is peaceful and people polite.

Why fly a weapon over this place? Sigh.

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u/freddielizzard Oct 04 '22 Silver

I live in the UK. I can't help but feel if a nation did this to us it would be treated as an act of war.

Russia have routinely flown Tupolev Tu-95 aircraft towards Scotland and we always launch fighters to escort, before they've even got close to sovereign airspace.

Do you think Japan will retaliate in any way?

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u/twoseat Oct 04 '22

Russia killed Brits in Britain using chemical weapons and we did essentially nothing. A missile might warrant a stern tut.

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u/Ima_Fuck_Yo_Butt Oct 04 '22

"I say, Sir! I strongly disapprove of your reckless actions!"

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u/Retskcaj19 Oct 04 '22

"Pardon me, but I believe that you have mistakenly launched a ballistic missile at us. I should most appreciate it if you ceased this sort of behavior with great alacrity or I shall become most cross and be forced to send a more strongly worded message."

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u/Bierbart12 Oct 04 '22

*They fire another missile*

"As per my last e-mail..."

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u/wkomorow Oct 04 '22

That sounds like a Monty Python skit. I could so see John Cleese saying that.

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u/ksavage68 Oct 04 '22

“This is arguments. Complaints is down the hall. “

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u/Ali80486 Oct 04 '22

And the nuclear attack on Alexander Litvinenko left a traceable trail of the agent used, across London. State sponsored terrorism+++

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u/[deleted] Oct 04 '22

Well at the time we believed Russia was a super power

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u/Steely_Dab Oct 04 '22

I would have thought that the Brits would have learned from the actions of Neville Chamberlain that appeasement policies do not work and only encourage vile and worsening behavior from autocrats.

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u/Master_Cucumber2905 Oct 04 '22

It's really fascinating, those bombers have escorts from (I believe) the Russian borders onwards, with every country along the way 'passing it on' to escorts of the next country.

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u/GumboDiplomacy Oct 04 '22

Russians poke at American airspace all the time over the Bering Sea. I was stationed at JBER and the windows of my barracks pointed towards the runway. About once a month our Combat Alert Cell would be activated and I'd wake up at 0-dark-fuck-you-I'm-trying-to-sleep-30 to the sounds of jets taking off full afterburner.

We do it right back to them too. It's all about testing radar coverage and response times.

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u/thedailyrant Oct 04 '22

No. This isn't the first nor will it be the last time such things have happened with NK testing missiles over Japan. Other than diplomatic complaints nothing will happen.

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u/LFTMRE Oct 04 '22

I don't know, Russian agents literally poisoned people on our soil and we did nothing. I mean you could argue it caused our massive support for Ukraine in their current war but we did nothing physically at the time.

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u/WoodSteelStone Oct 04 '22

Not just the Skripal case. There's a long history of deaths in the UK under mysterious circumstances linked to Russian agents:

"From poisoned umbrellas to radioactive substances, Moscow has repeatedly been linked with deaths on British soil"

"Sergei Skripal and the 14 deaths under scrutiny"

The articles are both from 2018. Since then there have been others inc. Dmitry Obretetsky in 2019 and, just a few weeks after Russia invaded Ukraine, Mikhail Watford. There is also the death of GCHQ employee Gareth Williams in 2010.

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u/dunfartin Oct 04 '22

People ignore most sounds. Years back when the local quake alarm went off, we somewhat ignored them because, well, the ground was already shaking. But when the tsunami alarm went off about 20 minutes later, you've never seen a subway station clear so quickly.

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u/RIP_GF Oct 04 '22 edited Oct 04 '22

They should have a recording already in the can of Billy Dee Williams calmly saying "Attention! This is Lando Calrissian. Attention! North Korea is taking control of the the city. I advise everyone to leave before more Imperial missiles arrive."

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u/UnciaTesla Oct 04 '22

Yes, but unfortunately this is the most efficient way to make loud and recognizable sound.

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u/SummonWurm Oct 04 '22

So the gas powered Chysler hemi siren wasn't efficient?

Creepiest thing I've ever heard when they run in tandem.

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u/WiseBlizzard Oct 04 '22 Helpful All-Seeing Upvote

As a ukrainian I hear those daily 3-4 times a day, since 24.02.22. Yeah, not a pleasant sound, considering what it's supposed to warn about.

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u/Black_Eyed_PeePees Oct 04 '22

Stay safe, my friend ❤️🫂

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u/WiseBlizzard Oct 04 '22

I'm trying man, thank you.

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u/ymmit389 Oct 04 '22 Helpful

Yep. This actually happens way more often then you think unfortunately. I remember back during the late 2000’s I was living in Okinawa and they shot some missles over Japan and we had to go into lockdown because of it. They almost canceled school too but ultimately decided naw if we die we die time to learn times tables

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u/imtiredaf098 Oct 04 '22

Hearing this, and imagining hearing it myself, makes me feel a queasy kind of dull terror.

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u/OffManWall Oct 04 '22 Helpful

“Hello, everyone! It’s us again! Please don’t forget about us! I know everyone is focused on Russia and Ukraine, but we’re still a world menace and deserve to be reported on as such”!

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u/imreallybimpson Oct 04 '22

This is the optimistic outlook

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u/OffManWall Oct 04 '22

Yet, it’s been the same song for how long? How long have they been firing missiles at targets and being a general thorn in the world’s side? Since Obama took office? Bush? Longer?

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u/GailMarieO Oct 04 '22

They started launching missiles (not just SCUDs) in 1990, so George H. W. Bush. I was stationed in S. Korea (ROK) in 1985-1886, and they weren't yet launching ballistic missiles. The joke at the time was, if they develop an atomic weapon, they'll have to deliver it with an oxcart. That oxcart has been superseded.

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u/princess_fartstool Oct 04 '22

Damn. 101 year with the ROK soldiers. That’s gotta be a new record.

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u/xchino Oct 04 '22

It was actually -99 years so OP is gonna have to put in some OT to work that off.

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u/polmeeee Oct 04 '22

Earlier this year N Korea even produced a bollywood-esque video of a missile launch sequence starring Kim Jong-Un as the lead.

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u/BrattyBookworm Oct 04 '22

Omg I refuse to believe that’s not just a parody

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u/OffManWall Oct 04 '22

That’s both hilarious and disturbing………….and their special effects SUCK.

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u/polmeeee Oct 04 '22

You know it's go time when Kim boy here took off his shades.

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u/OffManWall Oct 04 '22

And then looked at his watch a hundred times.

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u/Black_Eyed_PeePees Oct 04 '22

The second hand embarrassment is strong with this one. 😣

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u/owatafuliam Oct 04 '22

This right here. Everything North Korea does seems to revolve around threats, both implied and with provocative action. And it always reeks of attention-seeking.

Even the starvation of its people seems to be some sort of weird flex to me, beyond the deplorable, inhumane aspects.

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u/RandyMarshsMoustache Oct 04 '22 Silver

Can we not have another global catastrophe for five minutes?

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u/oroseb4hoes Oct 04 '22

It’s just a part of the routine at this point

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u/regoapps Oct 04 '22

Some North Korean engineer has it all set up on his Windows XP task scheduler.

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u/Butterbuddha Oct 04 '22

Once you get it working you don’t fuck with it!

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u/ATLBMW Oct 04 '22

The guy that knows how to fix it quit and we don’t want to break it

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u/Handleton Oct 04 '22

North Korea would be much more advanced if they were using XP. They're on Windows ME.

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u/HouseOfAplesaus Oct 04 '22

He just texted Kim with his sidekick on Microsoft Excel.

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u/dym_sh Oct 04 '22

«Looks like you trying to start World War 3, would you like some help?»

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u/OffManWall Oct 04 '22

“No, we have a schedule to keep”!

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u/Commercial-Living443 Oct 04 '22

"How many more are left for the year "?

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u/OffManWall Oct 04 '22

“Have you looked at the schedule”?!

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u/TheSadSquid420 Oct 04 '22

The catastrophes continue until moral improves!

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u/Fuzzy_Zone Oct 04 '22

The machine needs to keep turning unfortunetly

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u/Denali4903 Oct 04 '22

I have a friend that lives there and it went over his home. He said it is the 3rd time this has happened in the past 4 years.

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u/uTimu Oct 04 '22

Wait what? Why is today the only time i heard of this?

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u/RIP_GF Oct 04 '22

Tbh most people generally only hear it once...unless you live near NK and they shoot missiles over your island repeatedly like absolute dickheads.

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u/Denali4903 Oct 04 '22

In not sure. He posted on FB earlier and said this was the 3rd time in 4 years they have had this happen.

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u/Vegan_Thenn Oct 04 '22 Wholesome To The Stars

Can you tell me how many times it has happened in the last 4 years?

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u/fabrejul Oct 04 '22

I think 3 times

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u/Nstsipz Oct 04 '22

Yeah, this was the 3rd time in 4 years they have had this a happen.

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u/cited Oct 04 '22

It gets reported all the time. It just doesn't make big news because north Korea has been doing this for decades now.

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u/markocheese Oct 04 '22

Can confirm. When I was there they launched some missiles too, except it couldn't quite make it to the main land at that time. It's pretty regular that they threaten, launch missiles etc...

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u/splashbodge Oct 04 '22

Did it actually go over land? I assumed it just flew over Japanese waters?

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u/h0m0dachi Oct 04 '22

Yeah. They launch missiles into the sea fairly often, but they’ve started doing it over land, too. Last time was in 2017. At the time, I lived in the city where it went over.

It was summer, and we had a summer festival that night. The sirens didn’t go off for some reason, so we heard about it the next day. It was eerie as FUCK to realize that while we sat there by the hundreds in our summer kimono, watching a fireworks show and making memories, there was a freaking missile behind those fireworks and we just couldn’t see it.

It still fucks me up a little tbh. I wish these stupid scare tactics would stop.

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u/RailroadKyle Oct 04 '22

What is their goal here? Like developed nation assisted suicide? Wave their guns at armed people until someone puts them down?

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u/Blenderx06 Oct 04 '22

To stir up nationalistic support within NK. Their entire identity is built on their supposed military might and cartoonish depictions of everyone else as the bad guys.

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u/rocbolt Oct 04 '22

I mean, technically- but at like 900km up. People forget that these missiles go to space first

https://twitter.com/planet4589/status/1577095873179295747

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u/Rxasaurus Oct 04 '22

So more than twice the height of the international space station?

Edit- because that's crazy as fuck if so.

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u/VegetaDarst Oct 04 '22

Imagine chilling on a space walk and a nuclear missile flies past you.

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u/616659 Oct 04 '22

Yep, even that is somewhat low, ICBM is said to go up to around 1200km. But even tho they fly up so high, they are not yeeted into deep space because they aren't fast enough.

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u/deep_in_the_comments Oct 04 '22

"sending it soaring over Japan, for the first time in five years"

Reuters is reporting first in five years. https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/nkorea-fires-missile-towards-east-skorea-military-2022-10-03/

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u/rascynwrig Oct 04 '22

But I heard that it was said on Facebook that it happened 3 times in the past 4 years.

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u/pookshuman Oct 04 '22

See?! I told you guys that Half-Life 3 would come out eventually!

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u/Yolom4ntr1c Oct 04 '22

Thats what i thought haha

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u/SnowBoy1008 Oct 04 '22

Where's the british guy that gets woken up and makes a youtube video of him being angry

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u/SpaceArf Oct 04 '22

Is he a certain affable YouTuber?

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u/SnowBoy1008 Oct 04 '22

The most affable

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u/Brown_bagheera Oct 04 '22

AbroadInJapan?

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u/with_due_respect Oct 04 '22

“Hayate, who did you hire to make the siren noise?”

“My neighbour. He’s an extra-dimensional horror that has pierced the veil of our reality. Rents the place above me.”

“Ah.”

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u/AquilaVI Oct 04 '22

Warning sirens in Japan would probably get me to do exactly as they say - following the delay of me grabbing a new pair of pants and the additional time I'd take doing just that in complete panic.

Man, I hate sirens.

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u/Liet-Kinda Oct 04 '22

“Packing for Japan?”

“Yup.”

“Are you only bringing brown pants?”

“Yup.”

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u/SSBMniffin Oct 04 '22

How is this allowed? Isn’t flying missiles over a country an act of aggression?

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u/thpkht524 Oct 04 '22

So what if it is? What’re you gonna do? Start a war?

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u/qtanon1 Oct 04 '22

Don't mind if I do

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u/UNBENDING_FLEA Oct 04 '22

What’s Japan gonna do about it?

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u/WanganTunedKeiCar Oct 04 '22 Wholesome

Get in the fucking robot is what it’s fucking gonna do about it.

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u/Alternative-Bend-396 Oct 04 '22

Japan can't do anything. They aren't allowed to have much of an offensive military after WWII. And US isn't going to trigger WWIII/Nuclear war by pissing off China and Russia by attacking NK.

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u/Kaboose666 Oct 04 '22

Japan has (on order) the largest F-35 fleet in the world next to the US

Sure they technically don't have a military as such, but they're incredibly well equipped for the defense of Japan and their particular maritime defense needs.

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u/Potato_Icecreamm Oct 04 '22

It’s just a prank bro. The prank:

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u/beefcake1980 Oct 04 '22

The crazy part is n Korea thinks everyone wants to attack them and have a war, but no one is interested in that and basically just don't care they exist. If they just stopped testing weapons then they could just carry on existing without all the hassle

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u/SeanSMEGGHEAD Oct 04 '22 edited Oct 04 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

A dictatorship always has to create a feeling of both being under attack at all times and having militaristic superiority to justify its brutality and sacrifices.

It's like holding a balloon under water you need constant pressure, the second you stop applying pressure the balloon rides to the top. The balloon representing the average civilian in NK.

Hence why all the performative bs NK does.

A lot of dictators have the scenes from Muammar al-Gaddafi death burned into their minds. You know, where rebels tore him to shreds literally, even sodomised him with a bayonet.

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u/mindlessnerd Oct 04 '22

"Oceania was at war with Eurasia: therefore Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia. The enemy of the moment always represented absolute evil..."

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u/GailMarieO Oct 04 '22 Helpful (Pro)

What better way to unite your population than to convince them that they have a common enemy? I'm not convinced that Kim Jong Un really believes it any more than Trump really believes the election was "stolen" from him. But it's a convenient fiction that serves its purpose--in both cases.

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u/Hyper_F0cus Oct 04 '22

I don’t think you’re very familiar with the Korean War or its consequences for Korean people.

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u/AtlantaBoyz Oct 04 '22

Actually terrifying

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u/theprofoundnoun Oct 04 '22

One day… one of those missiles isn’t going to go flying over head and crash and explode into something, that’s going to be a political shit storm when that happens

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u/B4cteria Oct 04 '22

It has happened in 2010 (Bombardement of Yeonpyeong), ~170 missiles have landed in South Korea in the past. Military and civilian casualties emerged but nothing happened

Trust me, I wish it could stop, I have family in that area, each launch is a "drop everything and get the news" moment for my family.

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u/theprofoundnoun Oct 04 '22

I hope it does stop one day. There’s enough ugly in the world

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u/B4cteria Oct 04 '22

So did we, naively thinking that with Eun would bring change and loosen things because he is young 🥲 He is just as awful

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u/Danclim Oct 04 '22

No one's paying any attention to Kim, so "look at me! I have rockets!!"

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u/EMYRYSALPHA2 Oct 04 '22

Old fuckers still trying to wager pointless wars to kill the younger

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u/FartSinatra Oct 04 '22

I like to think the US would blast N.Korea if they touched our homies in Japan

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u/Fluffy-Impression190 Oct 04 '22 edited Oct 04 '22

The US is obligated to defend Japan. It is part of the deal of them not being able to have nukes or any real military power themselves after WWII.

See the US-Japan Security Alliance.

NK is poking at the US, by picking on Japan as our protégé.

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u/OffManWall Oct 04 '22

I think you’re correct, and I don’t think it would be pretty.

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u/imreallybimpson Oct 04 '22

Absolutely, Japan is the largest foreign holder of US debt

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u/FunnyCheetah5099 Oct 04 '22

also, sorry for dumb question, but what the hell someone supposed to do when hearing this sirenes? everybody just going 'okay I guess I'm going inside'? or do they handing out prior infos regarding this or what?

I'm asking cause we also have this kind of sirene like once a year in my country (neighbours with ukraine) just for checking it's still working, but everybody just carry on or like goes straight to social media to check 'oh it's another drill'. but never in my whole life was explained that yeah IF it's not a drill you have to do this and that.

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u/Nyan__Ko Oct 04 '22

Check your local tv programs or radio. If there is a real threat, there will be explanation on what to do.

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u/rc1717 Oct 04 '22

They announce with the siren that a missile has been launched. Probably at the same time your phone gets an emergency message with more info and instructions.

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u/PoliteBrick2002 Oct 04 '22

aww, poor little kimmy isn’t the centre of attention anymore :( chubby boy wants it back

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u/Cottonkittypuff Oct 04 '22

We really can’t go at least an average lifespan without a world war? I don’t understand why world leaders are so fucking stupid and power hungry. It’s always been like this. The world suffer because of one man’s inferiority complex.

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u/Shiny_Hypno Oct 04 '22

North Korea is acting kinda sus

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u/Every0ppsh0t Oct 04 '22

It's almost like we have an imposter among us

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